The deals change daily, with rotating craft cocktail specials and $1 off well drinks and all beers on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Tuesdays are the best deal of the week, with well drinks and domestic bottled beers specially priced at two-for-one from 4:30 p.m. until close. Levitski has designed a special "concessions menu" to accompany the drinks in the upstairs lounge. Playful dishes that don't require silverware to eat mean diners can share plates while they enjoy their drinks.
Social Media Monday will feature special deals that you can find out about only by watching the restaurant's updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The kitchen is also offering the equivalent of combo meals with food and drink pairings offered at discounted prices. Currently, Belgian Thursday offers mussels, frites and a Stella Artois for just $18. (Apparently they have forgotten that we're still supposed to be angry at the Belgians after they knocked us out of the World Cup.)
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GoTime.com has compiled a nice list of local happy hours that you can sort by day of the week, time and/or neighborhood. How many times have you asked yourself, "Self, where can we find a nice outdoor patio with some cheap drinks right now?!" Here's your answer. Got a bad case of the Mondays and need to blow off some steam? Try one of these spots. Down to your last few bucks after an evening of partying on Saturday night, but still a little hungry and thirsty? There's still hope! (Including the great 2/1 deal that I keep forgetting about at Sunset Grill for items off their classics menu.)
First of all, unlike most places, the blvd holiday happy hour is every night of the week except Sunday, and stretches from 2 to 7 p.m. That's a window I can hit. The structure of the deal is that you can pick any two items off of the list below for just $8, and the offer includes both food and drink.
Blvd Holiday Happy Hour
Pick any two items for $8
House Red/White Wine
BLVD Fries (small)
Cup of Soup du Jour
Petit Caesar Salad
Pate du Campagne
Pimento Cheese Melt
Hot Chicken Bites
Crab Cake w/Arugula
Saigon Steak Skewers
Mac n’ Cheese
If you can't find something you like on that long list, then you're just too hard to shop for...
Speaking of the holidays, as an homage to A Christmas Story, Myint will keep Suzy Wong's House of Yum open on Christmas Day for anyone whose turkey gets stolen by the Bumpus hounds.
PM and blvd will also be open on Christmas. For New Year's Eve, blvd will actually take reservations, which is unusual for that restaurant, and will be serving prixe fixe meals of three and five courses.
Until Sept. 30, Mason's Bar at Loews Vanderbilt is offering a heckuva deal every day from 4 to 6 p.m. in their lounge. Their entire selection of draft beers — which include local favorites Yazoo Pale Ale, Mayday Angry Red Head and Turtle Anarchy IPA, plus others like Stella Artois, Sam Adams Boston Seasonal Lager and Blue Moon — are available for just $3, which is two bucks off the normal pricing. They are also featuring all appetizers at half price during the happy hour. Parking is free with validation, and you don't want to be driving around Midtown at that time of day anyway, am I right?
The restaurant side of Mason's is also featuring a burger special for lunch or dinner on Wednesdays that is worth checking out. Not only can you enjoy one of those $3 drafts, but their fine burger is selling for just $5 instead of the usual price of $14. The burger is served with arugula, garlic aioli, pickled squash, bacon, Kentucky white cheddar, tomato and onion. Diners can add a cage-free fried egg for $1 more. It’s served with served with your choice of Garden Radish Potato Salad, Truffle Fries or Market Fruit. Sounds like a reason for a long lunch...
To help survive the procrastination aggravation that we brought upon ourselves, we always made sure to shop at some mall that had a Ruby Tuesday attached to it so that we could alternate between buy a present/buy a drink/buy a present/load up the car trunk/buy a drink until our lists were complete. We'd usually just buy each other one for the road as a gift to each other and then creep home down the back roads.
Now that we've grown older and wiser, our shopping and drinking are much less intense. Presents come from Amazon and the Farmer's Market and Long Island Rubys have been replaced by a glass of Pinot or a nice cocktail. Fortunately, The Sunset Grill has grown up with us and they are now offering a completely refined Happy Hour to help ease your shopping stress.
If you're looking for even more advice, especially about spirits, your Wandering Wino suggests that you visit the new site at Drink Music City. The entertaining writers at this repository of liquor information write about many of the most popular brands of spirits available in the Nashville market. So far, they've written about some ultra-high end vodka, one of my favorite cocktails and what purports to be the Gatorade of vodka. Unlike some drink writers who take themselves too seriously in the attempt to come up with the perfect adjective for a flavor (I'm looking at me, Mr. Wino), the writers at Drink Music City have a delightfully playful tone when they write about spirits. Though, I'm guessing it won't be too long before they accidentally slip a "delightful melon, oily cedar and perceptible carrot" reference in there.
But really, with Asian places proliferating in Green Hills, it's not such a surprise to have a correspondent report that it was almost empty on an early evening weekday visit.
Happy hour could fix that — Tokyo is offering half-price hot sake and selected appetizers to lure in the neighbors. Monday through Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m., half-price bottles of hot sake will net you 350 ml for $4.50, while half-price appetizers from the regular menu will get you $4 beef yakitori, or shrimp tempura, and $2.50 age (deep-fried) tofu.
There's also an "early bird" menu of entrees that are offered at a discount during happy hour. Rainbow rolls go for $6.95, which is nearly half price, and steak hibachi is $12.95, about $5 off the regular price.
As always, when you go, let Bites know.
Google yielded some really mixed views of the place. I got all prickly that a lot of people seem to just drop in from goodness-knows-where and pass judgment on the fact that it's not very crowded, and the overheard conversationalists were drunk douches and Barbie wannabees and the food wasn't all that.
As if just anyone can drop in on your favorite bar, just like it was a public place or something. Well you can't! You have to understand that it was a disgusting dump and got an overhaul and the cook is a REAL CHEF and the food is good, even great sometimes, and it's where my friends and I go to play cards and I've had some really fun times there.
Okay, maybe the fried stuff isn't always crunchy. Once in a while the day's special isn't too special. And there are occasionally some really douchey and annoying people there. And it's true there's never anything but sports on the televisions. But the happy hour is good and I've had some great meals there.
What about you? What flaws are you willing to overlook in the convenient, friendly place you haunt?
Served in the comfortable bar area from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, the deals include selected wines by the glass and well cocktails for $5 and all draft beer for $3. The noshing options revolve around some of your favorite bivalves, with medium-sized Gulf oysters on the half-shell and littleneck clams for $6/dozen. Fret not about the dirty BP devils; these oysters are fully inspected and had a wonderfully fresh taste without being overly salty. I also appreciated the fact that they weren't too big to eat in one bite.
Tonight also happens to be Pint Night, with a free Yazoo pint glass if you order a nice Yazoo brew. Now if it were me, I'd focus more on the beer and giant pretzel sandwiches than the football, but that's why I write for a food blog, not a sports blog.
Village Pub is at 1308 McGavock Pike, near the Riverside Village retail strip. Check out their news on Facebook.
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